Joseph Mallord William Turner

St Michael’s Mount from near Marazion

c.1828

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Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 295 x 312 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25514
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 390

Display caption

This watercolour represents the view looking westwards across Mount's Bay at sunset. The general lightness of tone resulted from Turner having initially drawn the scene fairly boldly in watercolour, and then having submerged the entire sheet in water, probably in a bucket. The submersion removed some colours, diffused others and generally lightened the tones, thus creating outstanding subtelties of colour and tone. The areas of intense blue in the clouds, and of crimson and yellow around the sun, were added subsequently.

Gallery label, August 2004

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